Teething Troubles? Readers Share Their Favorite At-home Remedies

Watching your baby grow up is a mix of wonder, excitement, and sadness. And when it comes to teething, you can also add headaches and tears — yours and baby’s.

We asked Babble readers how they handled the drooling, screaming pain as baby’s first teeth came in. Their answers, especially the non-medicinal, homespun ones, are easy and effective. Parents, get your freezer ready!


  • Born and Bread 1 of 14
    Born and Bread

    Cut up bread into thin, stick-like pieces and freeze. Then let baby chew on it.

    — Submitted by Kristin Arnold

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Old-school Teething 2 of 14
    Old-school Teething

    This will make me sound ancient, but whiskey-soaked, old fashioned, clothespins worked great.

    — Submitted by Kelly Harris Aulenbach

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Pucker Up 3 of 14
    Pucker Up

    Slices of lemon — even better if they've been in the freezer.

    — Submitted by Pamela Cook

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Scrub-a-dub-dub 4 of 14

    Frozen washcloths were the ticket!

    — Submitted by Tiffany Pigtales Stahl

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Love at First Bite 5 of 14
    Love at First Bite

    Popsicles or frozen bananas. The cold feels amazing on the gums.

    — Submitted by Maria Zingales

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Soak Up the Pain 6 of 14
    Soak Up the Pain

    We buy sponges, get them wet, and freeze them.

    — Submitted by Caprice Wilson Dean

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Forbidden Fruit 7 of 14
    Forbidden Fruit

    Unopened frozen fruit snacks. The babes love the crinkling noise when they gnaw on the wrapper with the hard, frozen fruit snacks inside.

    — Submitted by Kayla Bauer

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Everything But the Kitchen Sink 8 of 14
    Everything But the Kitchen Sink

    Whiskey — for me, of course! We [also] used teething tablets, frozen fruits and ice in the mesh feeder, Tylenol/Motrin, cold washcloths …

    — Submitted by Andrea Hepburn

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Leggo My Eggo! 9 of 14
    Leggo My Eggo!

    Frozen waffles.

    — Submitted by Leslie Lawrence

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Brushing My Tooth 10 of 14
    Brushing My Tooth

    My son loves to chew on his banana-shaped toothbrush

    — Submitted by Lucy Oliver Monte

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Shouldnt Put a Ring On It 11 of 14
    Shouldnt Put a Ring On It

    Hyland's teething tablets and Advil. My daughter hated teething rings.

    — Submitted by Ellen Shannon Barber

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Pacify Her 12 of 14
    Pacify Her

    Frozen binkies work great, even if your baby doesn't really use them.

    — Submitted by Judith Dussault

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Baby Bling 13 of 14
    Baby Bling

    My baby wore a homeopathic amber teething necklace — made to wear, not chew. It really helped with swelling.

    — Submitted by Stephanie Eileen Polson

    Photo credit: Amber Artisans

  • The All-natural Approach 14 of 14
    The All-natural Approach

    Lots of hugs, kisses, and patience.

    — Submitted by Laura Williams Smith

    Photo credit: iStock

What’s your best teething tip? Tell us in the comments!

Article Posted 4 years Ago
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
what do you think?
close comments

Related Videos